Moore appointed as Rockport police sergeant

Ford, Cooley recognized for service to department
By Louis Bettcher | May 09, 2017
Source: LiveStream Police Chief Randy Gagne looks on as Lisa Moore pins the sergeant badge to her husband, Jim Moore on May 8.

Rockport — Jim Moore was appointed as sergeant of Rockport Police Department May 9 at a Rockport Select Board meeting.

Moore has served previously within the department as a patrol officer, and will be taking the position previously held by Travis Ford since Ford chose to return to patrol duties.

Rockport and Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne presented Moore with his sergeant's badge, which Moore's wife, Lisa, pinned to his jacket.

"Jim was the only candidate who put in for that position, so he was the number one candidate all the way through the process. With Jim's promotion and being new to the town of Rockport, I've extended [Camden] Sergeants Dan Brown and John Tooley to help Jim with his transition into the new position," said Gagne.

 

Gagne said his goal is to have Moore complete two FBI leadership training sessions this year. Moore will be asked to perform supervisory duties in Camden in the same manner that superior officers respond in Rockport when necessary.

The meeting also recognized Craig Cooley for his 20 years of service to the department, and Travis Ford for his role as sergeant during a period of six months when Camden and Rockport police departments transitioned into an interlocal policing agreement. During the process Gagne, already Camden's police chief, assumed leadership concurrently in Rockport following the departure of Mark Kelley from the department.

“[Ford] helped me out immensely by staying on [as sergeant] for another six months when I took over. When the department was going through a series of changes, he was the glue that kept everything together. He's still helping me out, and will continue to do that,” Gagne said. Ford has served as sergeant in Rockport since 2006.

Ford's desire to return to his role as a patrol officer stemmed from his interest in patrolling, responding to complaints and spending time at the local schools and Pen Bay Medical Center, the chief said. Gagne described Ford as being a true professional, crediting him as one of the finest officers Gagne ever worked with.

“Sergeant is a tough job. You're the first person officers are looking at when you come through the door in the morning, and you're the first one administration is looking for when there's an issue. Staying in that position for those six months to help me, the department wouldn't be as far as we are today without him,” said Gagne.

Ford was presented with a plaque of appreciation by Town Manager Rick Bates for recognition of his loyal and dedicated performance as a patrol supervisor. Ford shook hands with the assembled members of the Select Board, who each thanked him for his service. The plaque is adorned with Ford's original badge, the metal marked by years of wear.

“As with all military and law enforcement organizations, I'm speaking as a retired officer from the Army, the backbone is always the NCO or the sergeant. They're the ones the working men really have to look up to, and are their first line interface with the rest of the world. I'd like to echo my thanks for all his years of service here, and we're glad you're staying on,” said Board Chairman Bill Chapman.

Courier Publications reporter Louis Bettcher can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at lbettcher@villagesoup.com.

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